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Description - The Special Needs Planning Guide by John Nadworny

This book will be one of the first of its kind to combine financial planning knowledge with a focus on families who have members with disabilities. John and Cynthia have done a lot of work to transform their financial planning presentations into an accessible printed format. This book is a general guide for helping families "plan for two generations" (i.e., the financial planning needs of the primary caregiver and the person with disabilities). For some readers, it will relieve their anxieties about planning, and for others it will raise their awareness about the need to plan. Since every family's specific situation is unique, the book is not intended to provide a specific formula for success. However, it bridges the gap between the ultimate vision a family has for their child and the financial realities of making these dreams come true. The structure of the book follows a chronological guideline of the critical transition periods that families face. The book also focuses on identifying and protecting government benefits as well as strategies to supplement government benefits.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781557668028
ISBN-10: 1557668027
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Brookes Publishing Co
Publisher: Brookes Publishing Co
Publish Date: 15-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - John Nadworny

As a parent and professional, John has served on the Governor's Commission on Mental Retardation for three terms. He is currently the chair of the subcommittee on transitioning to adult services. He helped draft the Qualified Disabilities Savings Program proposal that has recently been submitted to President George W. Bush by the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. In his second term on the Governor's Commission, John was the co-chair of the subcommittee on developing an overall plan for private-public housing partnerships between families and the Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation. He also served on the Family-to-Family Advisory Board. John is a past member of the Board of Directors of The Arc of East Middlesex.John and his wife, Susan, received Distinguished Citizen Awards from The Arc of Massachusetts in 1995 and 1999. They are an active family in Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change. John completed the Ironman USA Triathlon in 1999 to raise funds to help endow the Family-to-Family project, which was established to address Massachusetts's waiting list for residential services.John has earned a master of business administration from Babson College, a master of science from Bentley College, and a bachelor of science from Bridgewater State College. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and their children, Alexandria, Bennett, and James. As a result of her own experience with an adult brother with special needs, Cynthia has dedicated her financial planning practice to helping other families address their unique financial planning needs. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for The Arc of Massachusetts and serves on the subcommittee for the upcoming capital campaign. She was honored to co-chair, along with her husband Mark, the 50th anniversary gala celebration for The Arc of Massachusetts in September 2005.She is a contributing author to A Special Needs Planning Guide for Families (Jewish Family & Children's Service, n.d.), a collaborative publication between colleagues to aid families with special needs in the planning process.Cynthia has served on the Central Middlesex Area Advisory Board for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation and was a member of the committee for residential quality control. She is past chair of the Family-to-Family steering committee and has served as an advisor to the MARC Trust, Inc. (currently Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of Massachusetts, Inc.).Cynthia has earned a bachelor of arts in finance and economics from Simmons College in Boston. Cynthia lives in Massachusetts with her husband and their children, Anthony and Lydia.